The Wolfe Pack was founded nearly thirty-five years ago to study, analyze, and thoroughly enjoy the numerous Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. Although the club is headquartered in New York City, site of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin’s adventures radiating from the brownstone on West 35th Street, the Wolfe Pack has members world-wide.
Each year, the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards committee sifts through numerous submissions and nominates five novels for the Nero Award, which is presented annually to an author for excellence in the mystery genre in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels and stories.
The 2011 nominees are:
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
The Midnight Show Murders by Al Roker
Think of a Number by John Verdon
The award will be presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday each December. Past winners of the Nero include Lee Child, Martha Grimes, Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, and Sharyn McCrumb.